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In the past, I would occasionally share a random collection of short links on Fridays. I don’t have much time for a post this afternoon, so it seems like as good a time as any to revive that tradition. Not sure if it will happen every Friday, but expect a quick, unfiltered blast of bike design related links from me every so often.

>According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Eurobike was “abuzz with e-bikes” on the demo days…a fact that really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

starck-snow-bike>Not sure how people are reacting to them at Eurobike, but the Phillipe Starck designed M.A.S.S. (Mud, Asphalt, Sand, Snow) bikes are getting a lot of attention on the design blogs. The frame (without the snow bike fur jacket), reminds me a bit of the Coren, and similar bikes with a top tube bend near the head tube. In addition to the bikes, there is a line of S+ARCKBIKE accessories.  I’m not completely sold on the bikes, but the helmets (made by Giro) are kind of nice…especially with the copper finish. I have to admit, I like the snow bike tire a bit too, though it only appears to be a rendering at this point

>GrabCAD’s Lauri Poldre recently spoke to Oregon Manifest co-founder and Bike Design Project creator Shannon Holt. It is a pretty interesting interview about the competition, which just finished its third year.

>Bicycling Magazine mentions the Mission Bicycle Company Lumen, which is claimed to be the “world’s first commercially available retro-reflective bicycle.” Not sure where that leaves previous glow in the dark bikes from Puma, Biomega, and Pure-Fix, but it is an idea that I am happy to see continue.

nisnas-grip>I have posted about Nisnas a few times in the past. They are currently running a Kickstarter for their latest bike product…wooden grips with brass fasteners.

>Finally, I will mention that the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships is currently underway here in Greenville, SC. I posted about the handcycles from a precursor event on the same course last year. Looking forward to watching these amazing athletes racing here again this weekend!

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2 Comments

  1. CS September 9, 2014 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    The M.A.S.S bikes from Phillipe Starke appears to be intended to be custom only rather than mass production. The accessories such as the Giro collaboration helmet are pretty cool (and use a cork liner – and aluminium for easy recycling) however they appear just to be conceptual. I would love to see them in production and expect they would cost a small fortune.

  2. pierre fabre September 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    These electric fat bikes are a collaboration between Starck and Moustache, a leading French manufacturer specializing in very well designed high end e-bikes. I believe Moustache designers did 90% of the work, Starck acting only as a supervisor for the series overall finishing and designing the accessories.
    These bikes will be produced in limited series;I’d be surprised if they’d sell for less than 3000 €.

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